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Health Benefits of Walnuts

What is it?
walnutsWalnuts are tree nuts produced by any tree from the Juglans genus of trees. Juglans trees, or more coloquially: walnut trees, are native to nearly every continent in the world so walnuts are an abundant, easily obtainable, and extremely nutritious food. Adding a moderate amount of walnuts to your diet can be hugely beneficial as walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.

What health benefits can walnuts provide?
Walnuts, while high in fat, are filled with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. They are also rich sources of omega-3 fatty acid, though the omega-3 acids found in walnuts are less effective than those found in fish (such as salmon). Walnuts are also linked with more efficient use of body fat in adults, so although their actual fat content may be high walnuts, eaten in moderation, can actually help you lose weight.

Along with improved heart health, walnuts are also excellent sources of a host of vitamins and minerals. One cup serving of chopped walnuts (about 117 grams) is an excellent source for vitamins thiamin, B6, and folate. It also yields 200% the daily value of manganese and 93% the daily value of copper2. Walnuts are a versatile superfood that can be a great addition to your diet.

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